Some of us knew this 30 years ago
Posted Jul 26, 2013 4:58 UTC (Fri) by ras
In reply to: Some of us knew this 30 years ago
Parent article: Android 4.3
You may dislike DRM (I know I don't like it), but as long as you stay in denial people will ignore you. DRM works. Sure, it works less spectacularly then MPAA and RIAA would like, but it works.
Yes, the statement that DRM is useless is unreasonable. But to be fair, the demands from the media owners are also unreasonable.
As you observe below, DRM doesn't have to be unbreakable to work. In fact music currently demonstrates no DRM at all works if it more convenient to buy content than pirate it.
It may be true the video needs something better because you pay $5 for a video instead of $1 for a song to the incentive to pirate is higher. But nonetheless demands by the content owners that the browser provides disk to display encryption is completely over the top. A weaker form of DRM (eg, pure software - like Flash) + a decent distribution channel would and indeed has worked just as well. Breaking the "display the content anywhere" nature of the web and insisting the user pay for extra hardware just beef up DRM that will be broken just as inevitably as the pure software DRM is just as unreasonable as asking for the world to abandon DRM.
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